SHEFFIELD’S Fright Night festivities attracted the event’s best-ever crowds in its 12-year history.
But, despite a crowd of 45,000 people having enjoyed a host of live entertainment and funfair rides, yesterday morning the streets were spookily clean.
It was as if all trace of the party had disappeared – ‘as if by magic’.
In fact, the pristine city centre streets were down to the hard work of a small army of 20 street cleaners from Sheffield Council’s contractor, Amey.
Chris Morris, operations director at the firm, said: “This was the first major city centre event that we have had to deal with, apart from the Great Yorkshire Run in September.
“We had asked for volunteers to work overtime several weeks in advance and they were out during the event and in the hours afterwards.”
Mr Morris said about 20 extra bins had been provided around the city centre and praised visitors for using them where possible.
He said: “Our team of staff was out from 3.30pm on Sunday until 2am on Monday, working their way around the city centre, clearing what they could as the events were going on, to keep things at an acceptable level.
“Where you have a lot of takeaway units, there is going to be litter.”
In total, about four tonnes of waste was generated by the Fright Night crowds, but Mr Morris said that all was cleared by the time the team’s shift came to an end.
He said: “The total collected was about four times the tonne of waste we normally collect on a Saturday night, which is usually our busiest period.
“The guys, mostly being local, have a really strong sense of civic pride.
“And members of the public helped by leaving litter in the bins where possible.”
Scott Barton, of Yellow Bus Events, which organises Fright Night, said: “We had crowds of about 45,000, which is our best-ever figure.
“The event keeps growing, with fame partly spread by word of mouth.
“The council and Amey did a fantastic job clearing up to the extent everything was gone without a trace – as if by magic.”
Mr Barton said preparations for next year’s event would consider long queues at popular rides.
He said: “There is a balance to be struck between rides and entertainment in the city centre, but we could look at holding a bigger fair next year on Devonshire Green.”